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==Sites Associated with Thomas Jefferson== ==Sites Associated with Thomas Jefferson==
-*Gadsby's Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Jefferson stayed here on the occasion of a celebration in his honor in March 1801.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1032.</ref> This site is now a museum.<ref>Office of Historic Alexandria. [http://oha.alexandriava.gov/gadsby/ "Gadsby's Tavern Museum Homepage."]</ref>+*'''Gadsby's Tavern''', 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Jefferson stayed here on the occasion of a celebration in his honor in March 1801.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1032.</ref> This site is now a museum.<ref>Office of Historic Alexandria. [http://oha.alexandriava.gov/gadsby/ "Gadsby's Tavern Museum Homepage."]</ref>
-*The Octagon, residence of John Tayloe, 1741 New York Avenue NW. Tayloe was not a particular friend of Jefferson's, but they did know each other.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1235.</ref> The Octagon is now the headquarters of the American Architectural Foundation.<ref>American Architectural Foundation. [http://www.archfoundation.org/octagon/ "The Octagon Museum."]</ref>+*'''The Octagon''', residence of John Tayloe, 1741 New York Avenue NW. Tayloe was not a particular friend of Jefferson's, but they did know each other.<ref>[[Short Title List|''MB'']], 1235.</ref> The Octagon is now the headquarters of the American Architectural Foundation.<ref>American Architectural Foundation. [http://www.archfoundation.org/octagon/ "The Octagon Museum."]</ref>
-*Christ Church, near Navy Yard (622 G Street, SE). In 1807, the vestry reserved Pew No. 42 for President Jefferson, who responded with thanks, but noted that it would have been "extremely pleasing to have continued a member of their congregation and to have availed myself of their kind offer, had the distance of the new building permitted it." "This+*'''Christ Episcopal Church''', 620 G Street, SE. In 1807, the vestry reserved Pew No. 42 for President Jefferson, who responded with thanks, but noted that it would have been "extremely pleasing to have continued a member of their congregation and to have availed myself of their kind offer, had the distance of the new building permitted it." "This single circumstance obliging me to decline it,I1 he added, "I take the liberty of mentioning it to you, that the pew may not remain unoccupied."<ref>Jefferson to Henry Ingle, November 6, 1807,
-single circumstance obliging me to decline it,I1 he added, "1+[http://content.cdlib.org/view?docId=tf5t1nb165&doc.view=entire_text&brand=oac Thomas Jefferson Papers, Huntington Library.]</ref> The church still stands today and has an active congregation.<ref>Washington Parish. [http://www.washingtonparish.org/index.html "Christ Church on Capitol Hill."]</ref>
-take the liberty of mentioning it to you, that the pew may+*'''Main (Latrobe) Gate, Navy Yard''', 8th and M Streets, SE. Jefferson certainly had frequent business with the Navy Yard as President, and it seems probable he would have been in this building at some time. Designed by Benjamin Latrobe and erected in 1806, this site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.<ref>Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center. [http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq52-3.htm "Latrobe Gate."]</ref>
-not remain unoc~upied~(T~J to Henry Ingle, 6 Nov. 1807,+*'''Kalorama''', residence of Joel Barlow, once near the intersection of Massachusetts and Florida Avenues. Jefferson urged Barlow to buy this property in 1802, although Barlow did not do so until 1807. Jefferson is said to have visited Barlow to advise on his landscaping and orchards.<ref>Harold D. Eberlein and Cortlandt V. D. Hubbard, [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=387 ''Historic Houses of George-town and Washington City''] (Richmond: Dietz Press, 1958), 441.</ref> Kalorama was leveled by the city to extend S Street NW in 1889.<ref>Ibid., 445.</ref>
-CSmH)+*'''Sydney''', residence of Samuel Harrison and Margaret Bayard Smith, good friends and colleagues of Jefferson. This was their country residence. It is now subsumed in St. Thomas' Hall at Catholic University. It is very probable that Jefferson was there at some point.
-** The Gate, Navy Yard (8th and M, SE): TJ certainly had frequent+
-business with the Navy Yard as President, and it seems+
-probable he would have been in this building at some time.+
-Kalorama, residence of Joel Barlow. TJ is said to have+
-visited Barlow to advise on his landscaping and orchards.+
-** Sydney, residence of Samuel Harrison and Margaret Bayard+
-Smith, good friends and colleagues of TJ. This was their+
-country residence. It is now subsumed in St. Thomas' Hall+
-at Catholic University. Probable that TJ was there at some+
-point.+
** Theodore Roosevelt (Analostan) Island. TJ went there ** Theodore Roosevelt (Analostan) Island. TJ went there
several times, both to visit its owner John Mason and to several times, both to visit its owner John Mason and to
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==Further Sources== ==Further Sources==
-*Eberlein, Harold D. and Cortlandt V. D. Hubbard. [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=387 ''Historic Houses of George-town and Washington City'']. Richmond: Dietz Press, 1958.+*Padover, Saul K. [http://tjportal.monticello.org/cgi-bin/Pwebrecon.cgi?BBID=2267 ''Thomas Jefferson and the National Capital.''] Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1946.
*Scott, Pamela. [http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/adecenter/essays/Scott.html "Residential Architecture of Washington, D.C. and Its Suburbs."] *Scott, Pamela. [http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/adecenter/essays/Scott.html "Residential Architecture of Washington, D.C. and Its Suburbs."]
Library of Congress, Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering. Library of Congress, Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering.

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Sites Associated with Thomas Jefferson

  • Gadsby's Tavern, 134 North Royal Street, Alexandria. Jefferson stayed here on the occasion of a celebration in his honor in March 1801.[1] This site is now a museum.[2]
  • The Octagon, residence of John Tayloe, 1741 New York Avenue NW. Tayloe was not a particular friend of Jefferson's, but they did know each other.[3] The Octagon is now the headquarters of the American Architectural Foundation.[4]
  • Christ Episcopal Church, 620 G Street, SE. In 1807, the vestry reserved Pew No. 42 for President Jefferson, who responded with thanks, but noted that it would have been "extremely pleasing to have continued a member of their congregation and to have availed myself of their kind offer, had the distance of the new building permitted it." "This single circumstance obliging me to decline it,I1 he added, "I take the liberty of mentioning it to you, that the pew may not remain unoccupied."[5] The church still stands today and has an active congregation.[6]
  • Main (Latrobe) Gate, Navy Yard, 8th and M Streets, SE. Jefferson certainly had frequent business with the Navy Yard as President, and it seems probable he would have been in this building at some time. Designed by Benjamin Latrobe and erected in 1806, this site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[7]
  • Kalorama, residence of Joel Barlow, once near the intersection of Massachusetts and Florida Avenues. Jefferson urged Barlow to buy this property in 1802, although Barlow did not do so until 1807. Jefferson is said to have visited Barlow to advise on his landscaping and orchards.[8] Kalorama was leveled by the city to extend S Street NW in 1889.[9]
  • Sydney, residence of Samuel Harrison and Margaret Bayard Smith, good friends and colleagues of Jefferson. This was their country residence. It is now subsumed in St. Thomas' Hall at Catholic University. It is very probable that Jefferson was there at some point.
    • Theodore Roosevelt (Analostan) Island. TJ went there

several times, both to visit its owner John Mason and to enjoy the farm and gardens.

    • Uriah Forrest house, 3350 M Street, NW. TJ was there in 1791.

Notley Young House (G Street between 9th and loth, SW), demolished 1856. TJ was here in 1791.

    • Quality Hill (Prospect and 35th Streets, NW). No idea

whether TJ was ever there, but he did know John Thomson Mason, its owner until 1807. First Baptist Church, 19 and I, NW. TJ probably was never in it, but he did contribute $50 toward it. Washington Theater, 11th and C, NW. Burned in 1821. TJ attended plays here. Suterrs Tavern, Wisconsin Street between M and Water, now gone. TJ often stayed here going to and from Philadelphia. Fountain Tavern, Royal Street, Alexandria. TJ often stayed here. David Shoemaker's house on F Street. Site of TJ's sitting for portrait by Saint-Memin. Long's Hotel, site of inaugural ball given for James Madison. TJ was there. Where was hotel? Pontius Stellets hotels at various Washington locations. TJ was probably in most of them at one time or another, although no specific references have been found. Stellers hotels in TJts presidency were on A Street, then Carroll Row on 1st Street. LCStanton, Monticello Research Center, iii.94

Footnotes

  1. MB, 1032.
  2. Office of Historic Alexandria. "Gadsby's Tavern Museum Homepage."
  3. MB, 1235.
  4. American Architectural Foundation. "The Octagon Museum."
  5. Jefferson to Henry Ingle, November 6, 1807, Thomas Jefferson Papers, Huntington Library.
  6. Washington Parish. "Christ Church on Capitol Hill."
  7. Department of the Navy, Naval Historical Center. "Latrobe Gate."
  8. Harold D. Eberlein and Cortlandt V. D. Hubbard, Historic Houses of George-town and Washington City (Richmond: Dietz Press, 1958), 441.
  9. Ibid., 445.

Further Sources

Library of Congress, Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering.